Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book Of Wonders

Book Club, Uncategorized

The book for March has been chosen, and it is Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book Of Wonders: A Novel by Julianna Baggott.

Baggott, who also writes under the pen names N.E. Bode and Bridget Asher, has written 18 books, with her novel Pure being her most notable to date. She lives in Florida which is the place I now call home (for myself this is exciting but probably irrelevant to you). Read all about the author here.

She also writes a really great blog; introducing new writers and discussing her own writing techniques. It’s a good read for aspiring writers out there!

Julianna Baggott

About the book

It appeared on New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and they described it as an ‘intricate, tenderhearted novel’. The story spans the twentieth century, and combines the stories of a mother, her daughter, and her two granddaughters. One of the granddaughters is the only person who knows where the final ‘Seventh’ book is, which holds the truths of Harriet’s life. A story of love, motherhood, and secrets, I cannot wait to start turning the pages of this novel.

So read along with me, and we will be reviewing this book in April. Don’t forget to read this month’s book which is Where’d You Go, Bernadette which we will be reviewing in March. The ‘Cup of Coffee Book Club’ can be found on Goodreads, but I will also be posting the review and welcoming conversation and comments right here as well.

I hope you enjoy March’s read, and that you can answer the question on everybody’s lips: Was Harriet Wolf a real person, or is she a fictional character created by our author Julianna Baggott?

Enjoy!

Emily

 

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Quit your job and follow your dream. 

Life, Travel, Uncategorized

It’s January and so the title of my post probably seems a little overdone lately, what with all the resolutions mantras and self-help jargon flying around on the web. But in this case it is necessary, because, I have just done the above. I have quit my job and I have left London. Why? To move to Florida and become a writer. I have always wanted to write books, for as long as I remember, but always wanted life and work experience before dedicating myself to it, and now, for many reasons, it is the right time to go for it. The main reason being that ‘the American’ is ready to go back over the pond and this time the long distance thing isn’t going to work, frankly because we are fed up of it. So, I am uprooting once again, as I always seem to do, but this time with a plan, and a man, and a final destination (sort of).


I think it is unrealistic to think that you will completely LOVE every minute of your workday, as even a ‘dream’ job has its tough points. If you have a hobby or interest which fulfills you in your spare time, yet your line of work is completely different, that’s great. Your passion doesn’t have to be your life’s work. I do however believe that if every ounce of your being is calling for you to do something, and that something happens to be a kind of career, then plan wisely and go for it! Of course it will take a lot of work to dive into a creative career, and there is always a risk. Personally, I am not thinking about the worst case scenario, as sometimes you have to dive in head first and know in your heart when the water looks good enough to do so.

My journey is not just about a career change either. It is a culture change, a life change, and a weather change (which is the best bit!) and I am so ready for this next chapter.


Follow me on my journey!

Emily

The meaning of travel 

Travel, Uncategorized

Why travel? This is the question I always find myself asking when on one of my self-exploration quests. In these moods it is apparent that I tend to ransack my own life, thread-by-thread, until I can find that single piece of hope; the answer to that one key question: why? Maybe it is because of this feeling that never goes away; the constant need to search, high-and-low, country to country, for the ‘something’ that I feel I need to grab a hold of. This ‘something’ is, I can only describe as, the true essence of life, the meaning of our existence, or quite simply put; myself.

I have always assumed I was a travel lover as it was a means of searching for myself. Through extensive travelling externally, you coincidentally explore internally, and discover more about who you are. Constantly searching to find the place, the people, to where you feel you belong. But as time passes, as it does, I am still in the thick of my exploration and very much still suffering the full feverish symptoms of this travelling ‘bug’ I have always been told I had and yet without any further developments as to this ‘real me’ I have been awaiting to discover. And so I am starting to question the reasons behind my lifestyle choices once again.

It has occurred to me this time, however, that the answer to this question has shifted, and this time it is far less evocative and meditative as my previous answer. This time, I am starting to think that the reason why I travel is a lot more simple, a lot more straight forward, and along much more of a ‘just because’ line of thought. Why travel? To explore the world and its greatness, to grab hold of life, and to spend every second sucking in the earth’s beauty like oxygen. And why? Well, to do the annoying answering a question with a question. Just because: why not?

Summer 2015 Book List.

Book Club, Uncategorized

I am constantly scrawling down ‘books to read’ lists everywhere. I like to read a few books at the same time, and always a good variety of genres. Here is my summer  ‘Reading List’ for your eyes only. Plenty of time for you to finish the book that you are on now and nip down to Waterstones to make your next purchase.

So, please have a read of my list and maybe scrawl a few onto your book list too. Enjoy!

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan

Because we all secretly want to be French, and we want their secrets now! Parisian life, love and liberty wedged inside a cover that will look divine on your coffee table. And don’t just stop at the book, become as obsessed as I have and follow the Instagram page which is just as dreamy.

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are

The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly

This book was published in 2006, and only now am I turning its pages… my book lists really do go on that long. I am so glad that it is having its turn as I am completely and utterly absorbed by this book. My commute is so much better, my dreams are wild and imaginative, and my own writing is inspired … all thanks to the beautiful dark fairytale that is the Book Of Lost Things. Once I have finished this book I think that I may become a bit of a lost thing without it.

The Book Of Lost Things

The Book Of Lost Things

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

This book sounds a bit raucous and that puts it to the top of my list instantly. It has been fast tracked, I will admit it, and I cant wait to start it. Described by the author as containing ‘woman-on-woman violence, unexpected parenthood, first love, explicit sex, David Bowie, foot fungus, ‘adult games’, escaped African snails and the soul of a baby names Kubelko Bondy’ it sounds like 50 Shades of Grey on acid, set to good music and with better characters. Plainly put, it sounds great.

The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

The Secret Of Magic by Deborah Johnson

Set in the deep south in the 1940’s, this whodunnit story sounds beautiful and intriguing. Described by The Sunday Times as ‘A powerful portrait of the Deep South in the year before the civil rights movement’, it conjures up memories of The Help, and I can safely presume it will be just as addictive.

The Secret Of Magic

The Secret Of Magic

The Lightning Tree by Emily Woolf

I love characters, rather than story, and this novel is centralized around the change that takes place in its main character, and leaves the reader analyzing what it was that produced that change. A delicate, coming of age story with lightening-bolt humour. It has all the ingredients to be a modern-day version of Chopin’s The Awakening. Here’s hoping.

The Lightning Tree

The Lightning Tree

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks by Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness is a topic that crops up everywhere these days, and is something which if you haven’t latched on to, you are missing out on big time. It is a way of reclaiming your sense of self, your peace of mind, and your relationship with time. Step into the moment and let this book guide you in just 8 weeks. Then you will see what all the fuss is about, I promise.

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

This book has a beautiful front cover and is set on the island of Mallorca. As I used to live there and it has a special place in my heart, I’m already sold. The fact that it sounds like an interesting story, spanning 60 years and the blurb describes it as ‘a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.’ just cements its place on my March book list. I’m excited about this one.

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Get In Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link

To complete my reading list, this collection of magical short stories already has a cult following and are dark explorations of utterly everything: ghosts, love, hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids. Let your imagination go wild!

Get in Trouble: Stories

Get in Trouble: Stories